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ATC Bases - featuring Elmer's products
Here is a fast and easy way to make up some ATC bases! (If you aren't sure what an ATC is, this will help.) These ATC blanks are perfect starting points for creating ATCs. Once you have them done, all you need to do is embellish and decorate! Having a pile of these bad boys done will save you time in the future, so you can just grab one and start the fun! Once decorated, you can keep your little works of art, or trade them in our Ongoing ATC Swap!
To start, make yourself a template that is ATC sized (2.5" by 3.5") using an old food packaging box (like a cracker box) or other thick paper. For mine, I used a back of an old greeting card (I used the front for a different project and kept the left over parts to use for ATC bases). X-ACTO's 9" Paper Trimmer has a wonderful measuring area on it, which makes it so it it easy to mark your desired size and then cut away! (Watch out, it's super sharp, too! Great for cutting thick paper, but not great for your fingers, so keep 'em away!)
Once you have a template, it will make marking the size for your other papers super easy!
These ATC bases that I made have three layers to them. They have an old book page on top, an old card or food packaging box in the middle, and a piece of scrapbooking paper on the back. The end result will be a nice and sturdy ATC!
So gather your supplies of old cards or food packaging boxes, scraps of scrapbooking paper, and book pages. I like to use light colored scrapbooking paper for the back so that its pretty on the back as well on the front, and so that when you write your vital information on the back it stands out better. Using your ATC template, mark the size you need to cut on your different papers and cut out however many ATCs you want to make. Its great to premake a bunch of these and then you will have them on hand and save you time in the future.
Grab your handy dandy Elmer's Craftbond All Purpose Glue Stick and apply it to one side of your middle piece and then apply your bookpage to it, trying to get it aligned as best as you can. Do the same to the other side of your middle piece and apply your scrapbook paper.
Now that you have your three pieces of paper smooshed and glued together, its time to make 'em fancy! Elmer's Designer Tape is such a fast and easy way to add some flare to your projects. They come in so many different varieties of patterns to choose from!
Grab whichever Designer Tape appeals to you and add a length of tape to one edge, making sure that only half of of the width is on the one side. (Can you tell what old book I'm using for this project? hehe)
Fold over the tape to the back and cut off the extra length that is hanging off the sides. I'm using X-ACTO 5" Precision Tip Scissors. They are super sharp and great for these small projects! Go around each edge and do the same thing; add a length of tape, apply it halfway and fold over the edge, and cut off the extra.
Here is the front and back of the final result! Cute, huh?
Once you have your lovely pile of ATC bases, you can embellish to your heart's desire! Stamp it, add paper and other embellishments, paint it, whatever! BTW Elmer's Craftbond Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen is great for adding embellishments (like jewels and buttons) and Painter's Paint Pens work wonders at adding backgrounds and designs (and they come in so many wonderful colors, too!).